LAUGHING TORSO refused to introduce him to her as she had been very kind to me and I knew how fond Growley was of pulling the legs of people whom he suspected of being rich and influential It was a curious kink that he had which had lost him many opportunities and people that would have been useful and friendly to him. It was a kind of schoolboy perversity. A friend of mine introduced him to her and she asked him to her house to lunch to meet some distin- guished and rich women who were longing to have their horoscopes read. I was not at the luncheon party, but Crowley, I heard, had a great success and told them all kinds of things about themselves that they were dying to hear. He looked at the Countess and said, " I have met you in another life," She was naturally very intrigued and asked him when and where, and he said that, in fact, he had written a story about her that hacWaeen published and that he would send her a copy. This he eventually did and to her horror when she read it, it was a perfectly monstrous story, about a perfectly monstrous and disreputable old woman bearing, of course, no re- semblance to her. She was naturally furious and refused to see him again. One evening, before the unfortunate incident took place, a man whom we all knew, asked us to come to his flat and try a little hashish. I had never tried any, but only a few days before, the Irish journalist whom I knew, had told me about his experiences when he had tried some. It is not a habit-forming drug and does not do any- one much harm. The Irishman went to see some friends one day and they gave him some. I believe ' ' '